The dogs are Alaska Malamut? My brother had one. Lovely animal, two pale blue eyes and couldn't bark for the life of her. Howling like a wolf was not a problem though. People were always immediately afraid when they laid eyes on her and I have never met a friendlier dog than her.
Beautiful race of dogs. Keep em close to the arctic circles though, because if you don't you'll be cleaning up the hair they shed on an hourly basis more or less.